Norfolk mum drove while three times the limit with two-year-old in car

Erika Krauzaite outside King's Lynn Magistrates Court. Picture: Staff photographer. Erika Krauzaite outside King's Lynn Magistrates Court. Picture: Staff photographer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
12:39 PM

A mum drove home from the beach with her two year old son in the car whilst she was more than three times the drink drive limit, a court was told.

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Erika Krauzaite, 30, from Downham Road, Swaffham, was banned from driving for four years after she admitted the offence at King’s Lynn magistrates court.

Krauzaite was on her way home from Snettisham Beach on Saturday, June 21, when police stopped her on the Norwich Road, in Fakenham, at around 5pm.

Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said: “The police were conducting speed checks when they saw Ms Krauzaite driving an excess speed limit of 39mph in a 30mph area.

“Police grew concerned when talking to her, so they breathalysed her and found her to be 116 micrograms.”

The drink drive limit is currently 35 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

In mitigation, Tiffany Meredith said that Krauzaite had a previous drink drive conviction and attended an awareness course in 2008.

Mrs Meredith said: “She was compliant with police. She is a single parent and doesn’t get to go out much so she went with a few friends to the beach and drank some beer that day and then drove home.

“She says that it was a stupid thing to do and is very sorry and is very nervous and upset to be in court and very concerned how she will get her son to pre-school then school.

“She’s been in some difficult circumstances and lost her mother two years ago.”

Tearful Krauzaite, who moved to England 10 years ago after coming from Lithuania, stood as lead magistrate Meher Vanner addressed her.

“This is the second occasion of drink driving and your reading was in the higher end. You are disqualified for four years.

“You have a child at two years old - what would happen if you killed a child or yours?”

She added: “I have made it quite clear about the driving, please take on board what we have said.”

Krauzaite was ordered to pay a £29 victim surcharge and was given a £293 fine.

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